Hack the black box: Consumer agency in the sharing economy

Mohajer va Pesaran, D 2018, 'Hack the black box: Consumer agency in the sharing economy', Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 73-87.

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Title Hack the black box: Consumer agency in the sharing economy
Author(s) Mohajer va Pesaran, D
Year 2018
Journal name Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 73
End page 87
Total pages 15
Publisher Intellect
Abstract Fashion design pedagogy in higher education needs to engage with emergent consumer-led consumption schemes that are problematizing the roles of producer and consumer. Traditional fashion design pedagogy does not explicitly teach students to reveal the systems of fashion production to consumers, thus distancing them from the materials and processes that animate consumer products. Consumers are at a disadvantage as they have little agency over or knowledge of how garments are produced in the global top-down fashion system - a system that could be characterized as a black box. In response to this, consumers and designers have been employing concepts from hacker culture and the sharing economy in order to participate in novel consumption schemes that focus on underlying values of openness, transparency and collaboration. This article reviews a number of these schemes, using secondary sources, and proposes that their underlying values be introduced into sustainable fashion curriculums.
Subject Textile and Fashion Design
Design Innovation
Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Keyword(s) Collaboration
Consumer agency
Design methods
Maker culture
Open source design
DOI - identifier 10.1386/adch.17.1.73_1
Copyright notice © 2018 Intellect Ltd
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